Chris Pratt is Hollywood’s fastest rising star. The actor has been stealing scenes on television and in films for many years but now seems destined to break-out big in 2014. Chris Pratt is now currently rumored to lead a big screen adaptation of the popular 80s series, Knight Rider. The Weinstein Company reportedly put out an offer to the Parks And Recreation actor to headline the remake with Danny McBride providing the voice of the high-tech car known as KITT.
Chris Pratt was discovered waiting tables in a restaurant in Hawaii by Rae Dawn Chong. She immediately cast Pratt in the horror film, Cursed Part 3. Pratt would go on to land a main role on the WB television show, Everwood, as well as a recurring role in The O.C. In 2009, Pratt was cast as Andy Dwyer on Parks And Recreation. What was originally intended to be a temporary character, Pratt impressed producers so much that they rewrote the character to be a series regular and much more sympathetic in the following seasons. Typically cast as a loveable oaf, Chris Pratt got to show off some of his range when he was cast as Scott Hattenburg in the 2011 drama, Moneyball, opposite Brad Pitt, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Johan Hill. In 2012, Pratt bulked up for his role as a member of SEAL Team Six in Kathryn Bigelow’s real world thriller, Zero Dark Thirty. Chris Pratt would certainly have the psychical needs required if he was to lead a rumored Knight Rider reboot.
2014 is set to be a breakout year for the funny man. In January, Pratt was announced as the new lead in the Jurassic Park sequel, Jurassic World. The film is expected to hit the big screen in 2015. One month later, Pratt would lead the voce cast of The Lego Movie to the second highest opening weekend ever in the month of February. Finally, Pratt headlines the Marvel Studios summer tentpole The Guardians Of The Galaxy to be released the first weekend of August. The $100 million plus sci-fi film stars Pratt as Peter Quill, a human caught in the middle of an intergalactic manhunt. The film is the final film in Marvel Studios phase two leading up to the release of The Avengers: Age Of Ultron.
Knight Rider was a television show that ran from 1982 to 1986 and starred David Hasselhoff as Michael Knight, a high-tech modern crime-fighter assisted by an incredibly advanced, artificially intelligent, nearly indestructible car called KITT. The series has received many attempted revives and rehashes over the years. Most recently in 2007, NBC brought Knight Rider back to the small screen but the series lasted only a single season due to poor ratings. Rumors of a big screen adaptation of Knight Rider has been circulating since 2002. Ben Affleck and Orlando Bloom have been approached in the past about starring in the possible adaptation though nothing ever materialized.
The Weinstein Company are likely to make Knight Rider in the vein 21 Jump Street if rumors are to be believed regarding Chris Pratt’s lead role in Knight Rider with Danny McBride providing the voice of KITT. No further details on the big screen adaptation have been announced at this time.
By Benjamin Murray